Pronunciation Key

Vowels

SoundComment
a     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “a” in ‘alloy’, ’adieu’ { short ‘a’} as sound of “u” in ‘butter’, ‘utter’.
aa     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”a” in ‘arm’, ‘art’, ‘bark’ { long a}
i     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”i” in ‘rip’, ‘pick’ {short i}
ee     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”i” in ‘skiing’ { long i} as sound of “e” in ‘peep’, ‘eat’
u     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”u” in ‘push’, ’pull’ { short u}
oo     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”o” in ‘boot’, ‘proof’, as sound of ”u” in ‘true’, ’rude’ {long u}
e     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”e” in ‘economics’, ‘end’, ‘egg' or as sound of ”a” in ‘came’, ’take’.
ae     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”ae” in ‘aeroplane’ or as sound of ”ay” in ‘pray’.
ai     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”ai” in ‘aisle’, ‘ice’, ’idea’.
o     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”o” in ‘go’, ’low’. { short o}
oa     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”o” in ‘show’, ’coal’ {long o}
ow     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ”ow” in cow
Aydha (special) letter: ag     Tamil native normal audio clippronounced as sound of ‘ach’ in ‘stomach’. It has special usage too. When used before the letter ப -‘pa’ as like ஃ ப it is pronounced as ‘fa’

Consonants

SoundComment
k   க்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “k” in ‘aback’, ‘pack’.
ng   ங்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “ing” in ‘wing’, ‘tring’
ch   ச்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “ch” in ‘chin’, ‘approach’
nj   ஞ்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “inj” in ‘brinjal’
t   ட்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “it” in ‘it’, ‘bet’
nn   ண்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “in” in ‘inn’. {stress n}
th   த்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “th” in ‘bath’, ‘thick’
nx   ந்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ‘n’ in ‘month’, ‘enthusiasm’
p   ப்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “p” in ‘tip’, ’cup’
m   ம்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “m” in ‘slam’,‘mom’
y   ய்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ‘y’ in ‘boy’
r   ர்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “r” in ‘river’ {light r}
l   ல்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “l” in ‘travel'. {light l}
v   வ்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “v” in 'van'
lh   ழ்   Tamil native normal audio clip
hl   ள்   Tamil native normal audio clipHard l, as sound of ‘l’ in ’temple’, ’sample’.
rx   ற்   Tamil native normal audio clipHard r as in ‘mirror’,’error’.
n   ன்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “in” in pin {light n}

Loan Letters from other languages

SoundComment
jx   ஜ்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of “j” in ‘taj’ and ‘ge’ in ‘bridge’
shri   ஸ்ரீ   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of shri in ‘shriek’
sh   ஷ்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of sh in ‘shark’
sx   ஸ்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of s in ‘kiss’, ‘bus’
hx   ஹ்   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ‘h’ in ‘hut
ksha   க்ஷ   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of ‘ksh’ in ‘bookshop’, ’workshop’.

Compound Letters.

The sounds of 12 Vowels combine with the sounds of 18 Consonants to make a total of 216 Combination Alphabets. Listed below is the first set of 18 Compound Alphabets formed by the combination of the first Vowel ‘அ’ with all 18 Consonants. Certain alphabets have multiple pronunciations and all those possible pronunciations are provided here. Click here to view the complete chart of Compound Alphabets.

SoundComment
ka     Tamil native normal audio clip as sound of 'ka' in 'karate'
ga     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'gu' in gum
ha     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'hu' in hum
nga     Tamil native normal audio clip as sound of 'nga'in Kangaroo
cha     Tamil native normal audio clip as sound of 'chu' in church
sa     Tamil native normal audio clip as sound of 'sa' in safari
ja     Tamil native normal audio clip as sound of 'ju' justice
nja     Tamil native normal audio clip
ta     Tamil native normal audio clip as sound of 'tu' in tub
da     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'du' in dust
nna     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'nna' in annoy
tha     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'tha' in author
dha     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'dha' in dharma
nxa     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'nu' in nut
pa     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'pu' in pun
ba     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'bu' in bun
ma     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'ma' in must
ya     Tamil native normal audio clip as sound of 'you' in young
ra     Tamil native normal audio clip as sound of 'ru' in run
la     Tamil native normal audio clip as sound of 'lu' in 'luck
va     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'va' in 'vacate
lha     Tamil native normal audio clip
hla     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'lu' in plum
rxa     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'ru' in crush
na     Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'na' in tenant

Frequently Occurring Consonant Clusters

SoundComment
ngga   ங்க   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'nga' in kangaroo
njja   ஞ்ச   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'nja' in Ninja
ndrxa   ன்ற   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'ndra', in the name Sandra
mba   ம்ப   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'mbo' in the word 'Symbol'
nnda   ண்ட   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'nde' in the name 'Cinderella'
nxdha   ந்த   Tamil native normal audio clip

Doubled Consonant

SoundComment
trxa   ற்ற   Tamil native normal audio clipas sound of 'tra' in etcetra